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Event: The role of high-socioeconomic-status people in locking in or rapidly reducing energy-driven greenhouse gas emissions

16 March 2022 | 14.00-15.00


Published March 3, 2022

People with high socioeconomic status disproportionally affect energy-driven greenhouse gas emissions directly through their consumption and indirectly through their financial and social resources. However, few climate change mitigation initiatives have targeted this population segment, and the potential of such initiatives remains insufficiently researched. In this talk, I will discuss key characteristics of high-socioeconomic-status people and explore five roles through which they have a disproportionate impact on greenhouse gas emissions and potentially on climate change mitigation, namely as consumers, investors, role models, organizational participants and citizens.